Mangy Love: Double Vinyl LP
Cass McCombs

Mangy Love: Double Vinyl LP

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Label: Epitaph
Release Date: 31st May

We knew it way back in 2016 but Cass McCombs 'Mangy Love' was an instant classic and perhaps we were worried that maybe we jumped the gun a little? Turns out our gut was right and guess what? It's now just a plain old classic. What a welcoming warm easy fit of pillowy folk indie slipper this is. 

McCombs uses himself as a mirror to misguided and confounding realities, confronting them head-on: "Rancid Girl" reads like a ZZ Top study in Kardashian politics, "Run Sister Run" a mantra for a misogynistic justice system, "Bum Bum Bum" displays a racist, elitist government through the allegory of sadistic dog breeding; the album is sewn together by a common thread of 'opposition,' most directly articulated in "Opposite House", with allusions to mental illness. 'Laughter Is The Best Medicine' provides a possible recipe for healing, with the help of an authentic medicine man, the legendary Rev. Goat Carson. The severity of his lyrics is contrasted by the music, which ventures into groovy realms of Philly soul, NorCal psychedelia and New York paranoia punk, articulating the spontaneity and joy of his live show better than ever before.

The record is unquestionably a work of great studio aptitude: a carefully arranged, high-fidelity production by veteran Rob Schnapf and Dan Horne. And as usual, McCombs is joined by many notable members of his eclectic musical tribe, whose names are proudly displayed on the back cover.

Mostly written during a bitter New York City winter and while traveling in Ireland, Mangy Love is Cass at the top of his game, reaching new sonic heights, creatively evolving lyrically, and resulting in his most provocative and complete record yet.


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